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WWII veteran to receive honorary diploma at graduation

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On Saturday, June 27, Liberty High School will bestow an honorary diploma on World War II veteran Edward Palmer, an octogenarian who did not graduate because he joined the United States Armed Forces instead.

Mr. Palmer, a Purple Heart recipient, left school during the first half of his senior year to join the United States Army, where he was assigned to the European Theater of World War II.

Mr. Palmer will be honored during the class of 2015 graduation ceremony set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Robert E. VanSlyke Gymnasium at the high school.

Some veterans who left high school without graduating are eligible to earn New York state high school diplomas.

Operation Recognition, created by Section 305 of New York’s Education Law, recognizes the devotion and sacrifice of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Era Veterans who left school early by presenting them with a high school diploma.

To be eligible, a veteran must meet the following requirements:

1. Be a New York State resident.
2. Engaged in active duty service for at least one day during one of the following wartime periods:  World War II: December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
3. Korea: June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
4. Vietnam: May 1, 1961 - April 30, 1975
5. Received a satisfactory discharge from military service.

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